Luca Caldironi M.D.
Dopo la Maturità Classica conseguita presso il liceo 'Ariosto' di Ferrara, mi sono laureato in Medicina e Chirurgia presso l 'Università di Bologna con una tesi nell'ambito dell'insegnamento di 'Psicoterapia'. Dopo aver frequentato la Clinica Psichiatrica 'Otonello' di Bologna ho frequentato per un anno il corso di Ipnosi Ericksoniana “H. Bernheim” di Verona. O poi svolto il servizio militare nel corpo dell'Aeronautica in qualità di Assistente di Sanità. Successivamente ho vinto il concorso presso il corso di specializzazione in Clinica Psichiatrica dell'Università di Modena. Durante gli anni della Specializzazione ho operato nel Servizio di Consulenza Psichiatrica del Policlinico Universitario di Modena dove mi sono specializzato con laude nel 1992. Successivamente ad una esperienza lavorativa presso la Casa di Cura 'Villa Igea' di Modena, ho intrapreso la attività libero professionale nel mio studio privato di Modena dove ancora oggi mi trovo parzialmente ad operare come psichiatra, psicoterapeuta e psicoanalista. Contemporaneamente alla mia attività specialistica ho frequentato il Corso di Laurea in Lingue Orientali presso l'Università Cà Foscari di Venezia dove ho ultimato i primi tre anni di studio (Hindi, Filosofia e Storia dell'Arte dell'india, Indologia, Sanscrito). In quel periodo sono stato membro attivo del V.A.I.S (Venetian Academy of Indian Studies), Cà Foscari University. Il mio Training psicoanalitico è stato svolto all'interno della Società Psicoanalitica Italiana (S.P.I.) di cui sono membro dal 2008. Ho inoltre la membership nell'International Psychoanalytical Association (I.P.A.), nella American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) e nella Confederation of Indipendent Psychoanalytic Societis (CIPS). Lavoro principalmente come Psichiatra, Psicoterapeuta e Psicoanalista a Modena e Venezia. Ho inoltre una formazione che mi consente anche l'utilizzo di terapie di rilassamento corporeo quali il Training Autogeno. Ho collaborato attraverso una rubrica ed aggiornamenti reports, con la redazione Sito Società Psicoanalitica Italiana (www.spiweb.it). Dal 2009 svolgo attività didattica presso la Scuola di Specializzazione in Psicoterapia Psicoanalitica 'Martha Harris' (Tavistock Model) sede di Bologna. Sono inoltre Membro dell'International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy (I.A.F.P.) London U.K. e Member e Supervisor della China America Psychoanalytic Alliance (C.A.P.A.) NYC U.S.A. Oltre alla mia attività professionale presiedo una Associazione Culturale per lo sviluppo dell'Arte Contemporanea 'Castello925' che ha uno spazio espositivo a Venezia (Giardini-Biennale) www.castello925.com
Fondatore progetto, 'K.now-L-Edge', associazione per lo sviluppo di progetti riguardanti : 'creatività', 'arte' e 'psicoanalisi'; con sede Venezia e New York .
Sono autore di numerose pubblicazioni riguardo psicoanalisi/psicoterapia/arte e psicoanalisi
Luca Caldironi MD
30122 – Venezia
2008: Certificate in Psychoanalysis
S.P.I (Italian Society of Psychoanalysis)-member of the I.P.A
(International Psychoanalytical Association)
1993-1996: Cà Foscari' University of Venezia
1992: Doctor of Clinical Psychiatry
Modena University, University Hospital, Modena
1988-1992: Residence University Hospital - Modena Psychiatry Division Specialization in Psychiatry
1986-1987: Military Service in the Italian Air Force, Healthcare Department
1986: Licensed Doctor of Medicine Bologna University, Italy
1985-1986: Internship in Psychiatric Division Clinic 'Otonello' – Bologna, Italy
1985: Degree in Medicine, Bologna Medical School University
1978: High School Certificate 'Classic Liceum Ariosto', Ferrara
(Philosophy, Latin and ancient Greek)
Caccamo F., Caldironi L., Ghedin S.: “Effectiveness of a short-term psychotherapeutic group for doctors and nurses in a Hospice in Southern Europe”.
in “Progress in Palliative Care”, April, 2019.
Caldironi L.: “Psychoanalysis and cyberspace” – Shifting frames and floating bodies – in “Reconsidering the moveable frame in Psychoanalysis”, Edited by Isaac Tylim and Adrienne Harris, Routledge ed. New York, 2017
Caldironi L., Ghedin S., Marogna C., Caccamo F.: “Caring for caretakers. Evaluation of burnout and alexithymia in a palliative care ward.” National Meeting American Psychoanalytic Association, 18-22 January. (2017)
Caldironi L.: “A stripe on a tiger’s coat!”; Mimesis Editor, Roma, 2016
Ghedin, S., Marogna, C., Caccamo, F., Caldironi, L.: “The intertwining of process and outcome in the start-up phase of a group for palliative care workers”. XI National Congress SPR-Italy Area Group. Subjects of the therapeutic relationship between clinical and research. Milan, October 21-22. (2016) L’intrecciarsi di processo ed esito nella fase di avvio di un gruppo per operatori in cure palliative. XI Congresso Nazionale SPR-Italy Area Group. I soggetti della relazione terapeutica tra clinica e ricerca. Milano, 21-22 ottobre. (2016)
Caccamo, F., Marogna, C., Ghedin, S., Caldironi, L., Petricola, F.: “As an image for the pain without a name: the taboo of death and the emotional experience of operators in the Hospice”. Proceedings of the XIV National Congress of the Social Psychology Section of AIP, Naples, September 22-24. (2016) Quale immagine per il dolore senza nome: il tabù della morte ed il vissuto emotivo degli operatori nell’Hospice. Atti del XIV Congresso Nazionale della Sezione di Psicologia Sociale dell’AIP, Napoli, 22-24 Settembre. (2016)
Caccamo, F., Marogna, C., Ghedin, S., Caldironi, L.: “The assessment of burnout and alexithymia in a palliative care unit”. V Conference of the Italian Network for Empirical Research on Psychodynamic Groups, Rome, 11-12 March. (2016) La valutazione del burnout e dell’alessitimia in un reparto di cure palliative. V Convegno del Network italiano per la ricerca empirica sui gruppi psicodinamici, Roma, 11-12 Marzo. (2016)
Caldironi L.: “Working through the 'caesura': a clinical illustration”; JAPA (J Am Psychoanal Assoc), August, vol. 64, no. 4777-793, 2016
Ghedin S., Semi A., Caccamo F., Caldironi L., Marogna C., Piccione F., Stabile M.R., Lorio R., Vidotto G.:” Emotionally focused couple therapy with Neurodegenerative diseases: a pilot study”. 'The American Journal of Family Therapy'. 20, Sep. 2016, Routledge Ed.
Caldironi, L., Ghedin, S., Marogna, C., Caccamo, F., Petricola, F.: “Experiences of healthcare workers at the Hospice “Le Rose” in Latina (Italy): a comparison between two Photolangage© groups”. National Meeting American Psychoanalytic Association, 17-19 January. (2016)
Ghedin, S., Marogna, C., Caccamo, F., Caldironi, L., Piredda, C., Petricola, F.: “The experience of the operators in the Latin "Rose" Hospice: a comparison through the Photolangage group”. XXII National Congress SICP (Italian Society of Palliative Care). Life quality. Quality of care. 4-7 November, Sorrento. (2015) Il vissuto degli operatori nell’ Hospice “Le Rose” Latina: un confronto attraverso il gruppo di Photolangage. XXII Congresso Nazionale SICP (Società Italiana di Cure Palliative). Qualità della vita. Qualità delle cure. 4-7 Novembre, Sorrento. (2015)
Caldironi L.: “Tra Mito, Arte e Pensiero: una via 'sghemba' per il futuro partendo da W. Bion” (“Between Myth, Art and Thought: a crooked way for the Future starting from W. Bion”); in 'Sconfinamenti: escursioni psicoantropologiche' ('Trespassing: Psycho-Anthropological Excursions'), Mimesis Editor, Milano 2014
Ghedin S., Caldironi L., Piredda C., D'addario M.R., Petricola F., Marogna C.: “Weaving Thoughts: group experience with nurses in a Hospice”; JAPA (Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association), June 2014, vol. 62, N. 3
Caldironi L., Chao-Ying Wang: “Cross-Cultural Psychoanalytic Practices in Cases of
a Chinese and an Italian Patient: Two Case Scenarios”, I.P.A. Published, 2011
Caldironi L.: “Oblio della memoria e alba del futuro”, (“Oblivion of memory and the dawn of the future, a challenge”), in Second Thoughts: Funzione Alfa e cambiamento catastrofico, Koinos, Gennaio-Giugno 2008, Anno XXIX, n. 1, Borla, Roma
Giampà M., Caldironi L.: “Il vuoto mentale tra misticismo e terrore ipotalamico”, (“The Mental Void Between Mysticism and the Hypothalamic Fear”), in Marinelli S. (a cura di), Studi ed esperienze a partire da Bion, 2008, Borla, Roma.
Giampà M., Beggiora S., Caldironi L.: “Sogno iniziatici e stato oniroide nello sciamanismo indiano e sub-himalayano”, (“Dream and oniroide initiation in the Indian and sub-Himalayan shamanism") in “Mito Sogno Gruppo”, (“Myth, Dream and Group”) a cura di Marinelli S., Vasta F., Borla editore, Roma 2004
Caldironi L.: “Guru: mediatore di guarigione”, (“The Guru as Mediator of Healing”); Attualità in Psicologia, vol. 19- N.3-4, Edizioni Universitarie Romane, 2004, Roma
Caldironi L.: “The Guru as Mediator of Healing”, in “Guru”, a cura di Rigopulos A., Indoasiatica, Libreria Editrice Cafoscarina, Venezia, 2004
Caldironi L., Giampà M.: “La memoria come sogno” or “Dream-like Memory”, www.Psychomedia.it, 2000 (International meeting for Parthenope Bion)
Caldironi L.: “Spazi e prospettive: punti di vista per una visione bin-oculare”, (“Spaces and perspectives: perspectives for a bin-ocular viewing” ) in Atti del 2° National Congress Art and Therapy, “Cercando Casa” (Architetture e Luoghi di Possibili Incontri), a cura di Carlo Coppelli, Carpi, (Mo) 2002
Rigatelli M., Bianchini M., Caldironi L., Ferrari A. : “La consulenza psichiatrica nell’ospedale generale: contributo per un programma individualizzato di assistenza domiciliare al paziente con A.I.D.S., atti del convegno “L’assistenza domiciliare allepersone con A.I.D.S: confronto di esperienze italiane e straniere”, 1992 ("The Psychiatric Consultation in the general Hospital: a contribution to an individualized program of home care to AIDS patients, " Home care to people with AIDS: comparison of Italian and foreign experiences" ), 1992
Rigatelli M., Caldironi L., Ferrari A., Sartini F. “La dimissione dall’ospedale del paziente seguito in consulenza” Atti convegno nazionale di psichiatria XXXVIII, 1992 ("The patient's discharge from hospital following advice” in Proceedings of National Congress of Psychiatry XXXVIII ), 1992
Rigatelli M., Bianchini M., Caldironi L., Merelli E.: “Psicopatologia sistema immunitario e sclerosi multipla” ("Immune system psychopatology and Multiple Sclerosis" ), Psichiatria e Medicina, anno VI, n.3, Milano, 1992
Rigatelli M., Merelli E., Bianchini M., Sola P., Caldironi L., Faglioni P.: “Affective states, immunology and Multiple Sclerosis “in “Stress and related disorders” (from adaptation to dysfunction), Parthenon Publishing Group, Carnforth, UK, 1990
2019: "Through the Edge for Meaningful Life", in "Chronicity and Crisis" - Time in the Medical Humanities - , Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA, October, 25-26, 2019
2019: "Happy Longevity", 21st International School of Psychoanalysis, Almaty, 1st - 7th August, 2019, Kazakhstan
2019: “Transference and Countertransference – A widened concept in the Taking Care Field”, (with Dott. Yaliang Gu), in “The 6th Chinese Psychoanalytic Congress”. Shanghai, 10th-12th of May, 2019
2019: “Jung, Art and the Psychoanalytic Field: working on the ‘caesura’ (Jung and Bion)”, in “Art and Psyche: Conference IV, “The illuminated Imagination”, University of California, Santa Barbara, April 4-7, 2019
2018: “Festival del Pensare” (“Festival of Thinking”); “Do we still need to think? – Get lost in dreams and thoughts”, Association www.pensiamoinsieme.org; Costa Etrusca, 18/24 July, 2018, Italy
2017: FEP (European Psychoanalytical Federation), 30th Annual Conference, “The Familiar and the Unfamiliar, “Workshop on Psychoanalysis and the Web”, 6th -9th April, The Hague, Nederland.
2017: APsaA (American Psychoanalytic Association), National Meeting January 16-22 Poster Session: “Caring for caretakers. Evaluation of burnout and alexithymia in a palliative on ward”.
2016: FEP (European Psychoanalytical Federation), 29th Annual Conference, “? Authority?”, “Workshop on Psychoanalysis and the Web”, 17th 20th March, Berlin, Germany.
2016: APsaA (American Psychoanalytic Association), National Meeting January 12-17 – Poster Session: “Experiences of healthcare workers at the Hospice “Le Rose” in Latina (Italy): a comparison between two Photolangage© groups”, NYC, USA
2015: APsaA (American Psychoanalytic Association), National Meeting January 14-18 – Poster Session: “Social Dreaming and Narrative Medicine: group experience with doctors in a hospice”; New York, NY, USA
2015: FEP (European Psychoanalytical Federation), 28th Annual Conference, “Too Much – Not Enough”, Chair in the workshop, “Psychoanalysis and the Web”, 26-27 March 2015, Stockholm
2014: International Conference on 'Passion' 'Art and Psyche: a passion looking forward' Adelphi Society, H.S. Sullivan, NYU Post-Doctoral, Toronto Soc. Psychoanalysis, White Psychoanalytic Institute, Florence 4-6, Italy
Caldironi L.: “Art and Psyche: a passion looking forward”.
2014: APsaA (American Psychoanalytic Association) National Meeting January 13-19 – Poster Session: “Weaving Thoughts: group experience with nurses in a Hospice”, New York, NY, USA
2013: International Meeting “A Narrative Future for Health Care” King's College and Columbia University (NY) “Between Myth and Narrative: an integrated model of therapy within a group of neurological patients”. King's College, London, UK 19-21June
2013: III National Seminar, Empirical Research in Psychodynamic Group Therapy; Padova University, Padova, Italy, February 22-23
2013: APsaA (American Psychoanalytic Association) National Meeting January 15-20 – Poster Session “The Myth and the Cure: proposal for a group experience in Narrative Medicine with Neurological patients”, New York, NY, USA
2013: XX National Congress SICP (Italian Society of Palliative Cure) “A Thousand and one nights, social dreaming and narrative medicine: experience with a medical group working in a hospice”, Bologna, Italy October 27-30
2012: The Examined Life Conference: Writing, Humanities and the Art of Medicine. “Narrating Questions, Questioning the Narrative: Voices from Venice”. University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine Iowa City, IA, USA, April 19-21
2012: International Association Forensic Psychotherapy, 21st Annual Conference, “Corruption, Deception and Collusion: Attacks on the Mind” 'Working between the 'caesura': a clinical situation' San Servolo Island, Venice, Italy, March 29-31
2012: 3rd Chinese Psychoanalytic Congress: 'Clinical Practice of Psychoanalysis in current China'; “Starting from Freud, an opening towards the 'future' “, Shanghai, China, September 20-22
2012: APsaA (American Psychoanalytic Association) National Meeting January 15-19 – Poster Session, “Brief Psychotherapy Intervention with a Psychoanalytic Orientation on couples with one of the partners in a Neuro-rehabilitation Structure”, New York, NY, USA
2011: International Meeting “Creativity Through the Life Cycle”, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA April 14-17
2010: I.P.A.-ASIA International Meeting 'Freud and Asia', Beijing October 21-24 China
2008: International Congress “Bion in Rome”, Roma, Italy, 31st January-3 February
2004: International Congress Bion in Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 17 July
Research and Groups
As a member of the P.P.R.S. (Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Research Society) I am
involved in researches in the field of applied Psychoanalysis. My area off interest is
the processing of traumatic experience. I have worked on several projects as a
supervisors in team of colleagues and trainees, and the results of our work has been
presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in NY
City every January since 2012. Most of the work presented addressed the
presentation and repercussion of traumatic material in patients and staff, in medical
units dealing with severe medical illness and mortality. (hospice, Palliative care)
I work like moderator in clinical supervision groups with the ‘Weaving Thoughts’ method. This method proposes a special way of working in small clinical groups that meet together. Sharing clinical ideas, especially in an international context, is an important and highly productive experience in contemporary psychoanalysis. As a research group, its aim is to draw up and define the main parameters that come into play in psychoanalytic treatment as practised nowadays, with the nuances in theoretical and practical matters that are typical of it. The goal is to create a genuine work of reflection—an associative “fabric” to which each participant brings his or her thinking, ideas and hypotheses. Relying much less on secondary processes, and more on free association, such group work resembles dream-thinking and is more representative of true psychoanalytic functioning. Through elaboration within the group’s interactive space, the patient of the presenter becomes 'the patient of the group'. As such, the presenter has the opportunity to broaden his or her understanding of the case and, even more essentially, the group participants will be enabled to create—to live—an altered experience that will enhance their clinical work.
I have groups in Italy (Vittorio Veneto, Venezia-Mestre) and I had invitations to moderate groups also in NY with Marilyn Rifkin LCSW (November 2016, April 2017). Dr Rifkin is a training and supervising analyst, faculty member and Fellow at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). She is also a supervisor and faculty member at IPTAR’s Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program (CAP) and at the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (MITPP). She is a member of the IPA and APsaA and is on the board of directors of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS). She has written and presented on the subjects of transference, countertransference, enactment, psychosomatics and trauma. She has a private practice in N.Y.C. and Westchester.
I had also other groups in NY with Ronnie Shaw who is one of the moderators and Co Chair WPSPTT of this method in North America. Groups hold in New York (March, 2015; March 2014 and in Boston, July 2015)
Personal changes of the method:
I started using this way of working not only for clinical supervisions but also for wide
ring the creative processes in the field of art.
The area of interest is the interface of 'Psychoanalysis, Art and Creativity’. In
several international meetings I presented theories about this subject, and I have
published in peer reviewed journals. To pursue this interest, I created two exhibitions
spaces in Venice in which artists and psychoanalysts could meet and work (2005).
This project, called 'Psychoanalysis beyond the couch' has meetings in Venice and in
NY City, and offers opportunities for both psychoanalysts and artists to explore the
ways in which their disciplines overlap and complement each other. For this I applied
the method in art galleries:
2015-‘Fohat’ Venice 31st october 2015: A ‘Salon’ curated by Orseola Barozzi e Chiara Zanella - O&C Antiques, Venice Actually, Luca Caldironi Special Guest: Toma Clark Haines - The Antiques Diva
Passages: by Luca Caldironi
The need of a place to stop. A scene that, doesn’t represent, but that it be a real and appropriate scenery of ambivalence as ambivalent as the imaginary and concrete language of art itself. It comes to create a “threshold- container” which separate and reunite, while through iconic narration, gives a voice and an expression to a nocturnal and antique world. Thanks to psychoanalysis we know how the iconic language has its origin in fantasy and how fantasy gets its strength from desire. We could therefore say that within our “Salon” proposal is enclosed the ambitious dare of being able to allow an aggregation of senses inside an evocative space that must remain. But at the same time it be sufficiently unsaturated as to consent the group an everlasting possibility of new feasible re-combinations. As the dream, in the moment in which it comes narrated, leaves its most private and nocturnal place in order to translate itself into a more public and diurnal moment, just as our scene aspires to do so, always on the delicate border line that exists between what is known as familiar and what is known as extraneous. But this is the same ‘uncanny’ pathway that the artwork must accomplish amongst what happens, even in the passage between thought-thoughts (still pre-verbal) and their possibility to being expressed. More generally, it is what happens in the passage amid ‘private’ space and ‘public’ space.
2014-In the evening of May 31, Tian Fangfang and Tian Yuan sisters' solo exhibition
"Nowhere to Live" was opened in Castello925 Gallery in Venice, Italy. The
exhibition was curated by Chinese curator Yu Gao and Italian curator Luca Caldironi
Venice Art Biennale 2014
2014- ‘Come Together: Collage’, Molly Krom Gallery, New York (January, 2014)
and Castello 925 Gallery, Venice (February, 2014).
An exhibition about Collage as an Esthetic-Ethical Paradigm by two curators, Luca
Caldironi (curator, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, based in Venice) and Molly
Krom (curator, psychiatrist, based in New York).
1986- present: Private Practice
1986: Military Hospital Neurological-Psychiatric Division
1988: Institute of Psychiatric Clinic 'P. Ottonello' National Department of Healthcare
2009-present: Lecturer of Psychoanalytic Theory and Observation at the 'Martha Harris' School of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Tavistock Model – combined with Dip/MA in
Psychoanalytical Observational Studies awarded by University of East London
2009-2015: Associate Editor at the Italian Psychoanalytical Web Site www.spiweb.it
2012-present: Supervisor at the 'Laboratorio Adolescenza e Genitorialità'
(Laboratory for Adolescents and Parents), Vittorio Veneto, Belluno, Italy
2012-present: Consultant for the bilingual Italian-English Magazine ‘Venezia News’
2014-2017: Lecturer at the Padova University, Department of Philosophy Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA)
2015-present: member of the research group ‘Geographies of Psychoanalysis’ I.P.A
2016-present: Consultant of the IPA Psychoanalysis and Law Committee
2018-present: member of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies, CIPS.
1986: Ferrara Order of Physicians, Ferrara, Italy
1986: Italian Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (H. Berheim), Verona, Italy
1986: International Institute of Psychosynthesis, Firenze, Italy
1992: Modena Order of Physicians, N. 4581, Modena, Italy
1992: Modena Psychotherapy-List, Modena, Italy
1992: Modena, Italian Society of Psychiatry, Modena, Italy
2008: Italian Society of Psychoanalysis (S.P.I.)
2008: International Psychoanalytical Association (I.P.A.)
2012: International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy (I.A.F.P.), London, UK
2012: China America Psychoanalytic Alliance (C.A.P.A.) USA
2012: Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Research Society (PPRS), USA
2014: American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), USA
2018: Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS), USA